The Undeniable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Special Sciences

  title={The Undeniable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Special Sciences},
  author={M. Colyvan},
  booktitle={New Directions in the Philosophy of Science},
  • M. Colyvan
  • Published in
    New Directions in the…
  • Mathematics, Computer Science
In many of the special sciences, mathematical models are used to provide information about specified target systems. For instance, population models are used in ecology to make predictions about the abundance of real populations of particular organisms. The status of mathematical models, though, is unclear and their use is hotly contested by some practitioners. A common objection levelled against the use of these models is that they ignore all the known, causally-relevant details of the often… Expand
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